Steve Urkel made himself at home there, but now, the building made famous by "Family Matters" is going to be torn down.
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Steve Urkel made himself at home there, but now, the building made famous by "Family Matters" is going to be torn down.
A dam in northwest Puerto Rico is failing, causing flash flooding and prompting emergency evacuations Friday, the National Weather Service said.
Operators of the Guajataca Dam said it failed at 2:10 p.m. ET, prompting the NWS to issue a flash flood emergency warning for Isabela and Quebradillas municipalities, the agency said in three tweets.
"This is an EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SITUATION. Busses are currently evacuating people from the area as quickly as they can," NWS San Juan said.
The island is still reeling from a direct hit by Hurricane Maria, knocking out power and communications to most of the island.
An alert on the weather service's website urged people in the area of Guajataca Dam to "Move to higher ground now."
"This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation. Do not attempt to travel unless you are fleeing an area subject to flooding or under an evacuation order," the alert said.
Federal reservoir data show that the lake behind the dam, Lago de Guajataca, rose more than three feet between Tuesday and Wednesday, when the hurricane hit as a Category 4 storm. More recent data were unavailable.
The dam was built in 1929 by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and is used for drinking water and irrigation. It had a capacity of 11 billion gallons in 1999, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
An eleventh resident of a Hollywood nursing home that had to be evacuated after a power outage has died, the medical examiner's office confirmed Friday.
Alice Thomas, 94, is the latest patient of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills to die after a power outage caused by Hurricane Irma.
The cause of death has yet to be determined. Two other patients died earlier this week. "The Hollywood Police Department is treating all deaths from this facility as part of the criminal investigation," the city said in a statement Friday afternoon.
Earlier Friday, Secretary of Agency for Health Care Administration Justin Senior said the state will "aggressively" enforce new rules that require nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators. Senior explained to nursing home officials about an emergency rule that will require the facilities to have backup power that can last up to four days.
The latest death comes as officials continue their investigation into what took place inside the facility. The nursing home reported it lost power and air conditioning when the storm struck on Sept. 10, calling an emergency hotline the next day.
A criminal investigation continues while the nursing home — which has had its license suspended — has filed a lawsuit to be allowed to reopen, saying it used items like coolers, fans, ice and other methods to keep patients comfortable.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement set up a new hotline for anyone with information about the deaths or the nursing home between the dates of Sept. 9 to Sept. 12. The number is 866-452-3461.
Republican and Democratic state legislators are sparring over which side's budget proposal has the best plan to help Connecticut homeowners with crumbling foundations.
Democrats say their five-year plan is more detailed, with up to $161 million in grant and loan money. It covers foundations in houses and condos, and would set up something called a captive insurance company, to process claims and approve contractors.
“We had the Office of Fiscal Analysis look at this. This is a truly comprehensive piece of legislation that's been vetted by everybody," Sen. Cathy Osten, a Democratic lawmaker, said.
Republicans counter their plan raises more than $45 million - about the same amount the Democratic proposal does - in a two-year period instead of five. Most of the funds in the Republican plan come from grants. They would cover houses, but not condos. The Republicans propose hiring three people in the governor's office to distribute funds and vet contractors.
“$40 million is a pretty robust number to get people to actually come forward, report, say they need the help. At that point, we'll know what we'll need in monies, to address the issue," Republican lawmaker Rep. Tom Delnicki said.
The Democrat's plan includes receiving potentially up to $60 million in federal block grant funds. Republicans say they have been reluctant to count on that money, noting it involves red tape and may not cover everyone.
Two people were shot and one was killed in a drive-by shooting on Durham Street in Hartford Friday night.
Police said they arrived after neighbors reported hearing five or six shots go off and saw two men who were hurt.
According to police, the passenger of a car was grazed in the head by a bullet but is expected to survive.
The other man, the driver, was hit in the back of the head and later died from his injuries.
Police said as the continue their investigation, they have also stepped up patrols in the area.
Police said this double shooting appears to be a drug related shooting and they are looking for one, possibly two shooters.
According to a story covered by NBC Connecticut in 2013, another double shooting took place in front of 16 Durham Street, when a man was killed and a woman was injured.
Tonight's shootings remain under investigation by the Hartford Police Depatement.
One person is dead after a quadruple shooting that took place in Hartford around 12:30a.m. on Saturday.
Police said they responded to Albany Avenue and found four male victims in their late 20’s lying in the street and sidewalk. All four males had gunshot wounds.
One person was pronounced dead on the scene and three other were taken to Saint Francis Hospital.
Police said one of the victims is in extremely critical condition with a gunshot wound to the eye. The other two victims are suffering non-life threatening injuries.
Police believe multiple people exchanged fire during what they’re calling a gun fight.
Major crimes is on the scene.
One person is dead after a motorcycle accident in Stafford Saturday, according to emergency dispatchers.
Police said the accident took place on the 200-block of Chestnut Hill Road (Route 190). Crews on scene reported the rider was off the side of the road and unresponsive when first responders arrived.
Drivers should expect delays in the area while police investigate.
More details were not immediately available. Check back for updates.
A man accused of trying to kill someone with a 2X4 in Vermont, robbing a Massachusetts bank and fleeing in a stolen truck earlier this month has been arrested as a fugitive at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.
Members of the U.S. Marshals Service found 48-year-old Alfred Craven of Readsboro, Vermont, at the casino Friday. He was wanted on attempted murder charges out of Searsburg, where a 53-year-old man claims Craven attacked him with a 2X4 on Sept. 4, fracturing his skull, his jaw and other bones in his face.
The victim told Vermont State Police Craven had fled, and a warrant was issued for his arrest on aggravated assault and first degree attempted murder charges.
While he was on the run, police say Craven robbed the North Easton Savings Bank in Mansfield, Massachusetts on Sept. 18. Craven, who Mansfield Police say is a native of nearby Taunton, allegedly stole a Chevy Silverado from a car wash on Route 44 in that city. Police say he used the truck as a getaway vehicle after passing a note to a bank teller demanding cash.
Police in Mansfield are charging Craven with unarmed robbery, larceny over $250, receiving a stolen vehicle and disturbing a school assembly. They plan to bring him to Attleboro District Court after he faces a federal probation charge. Mansfield Police add that he will also face charges out of Taunton District Court, and that he remains in the custody of U.S. Marshals.
Vermont State Police told necn Friday they had no new information about the case against Craven.
According to U.S. Marshals, "Craven has an extensive criminal history that spans Vermont, Massachusetts and California," with federal convictions for conspiracy to sell marijuana and bank robbery.
It was not immediately clear if Craven had an attorney.
The UConn women’s hockey team has a new player.
Eight-year-old Ashley Greenier’s life has been filled with medical treatments, but the Huskies are hoping time with them will be a bright spot.
The eager girl is now an official Huskies hockey player – a title justified with a jersey, a locker and an open pass to games and practice.
Greenier was connected to UConn by Team Impact, a non-profit that takes children with a chronic or life-threatening illness and brings them to the college level.
“People think it’s about sports but it is really about the power of team,” explained Mary Welker, who works for Team Impact.
The Huskies say great teams are made of great teammates and they have no doubt Ashley will be one of the best
“I know she has a great work ethic I mean a little girl with what she is going through is huge,” said UConn Husky Marisa Maccario.
Greenier has DiGeorge Syndrome, which means she has a weak airway and a heart condition that affects her growth and immune system. Ashley’s mom says time spent with the UConn Women is a needed escape.
“It’s great to see something other than a medical thing for her to do,” said Terri Greenier.
And Team Impact says the benefits go both ways.
“The student athletes lean perspective you can't get in a classroom,” Welker said.
“I've been trying to get in touch with my family for days and days,” State Representative Minnie Gonzales said.
An emotional Gonzales and other Latino elected officials described the deafening silence as they continue to wait to hear from their loved ones in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean Islands.
“The worst part is not knowing on what's going on what's happening with your families and friends in the island,” Gonzales said.
“It's frustrating waking up at 12 in the morning and wondering trying call,” Hartford city councilman James Sanchez said.
Sanchez also has yet to hear from his family and is now planning to head the hurricane-ravaged area next week. He’s hoping government and military aid will come in full force.
“I just hope that the governor can reach out to all these airlines that leave out of Bradley to San Juan and try to negotiate some kind of waiver with the fees for those of us who are trying to go over to the island and help our families and friends,” Sanchez said.
Members of the Latino community also sharing ways to donate to relief efforts locally, organizing fundraisers throughout the state through the end of the month.
We need the money we need the cash,” Gonzales said.
“Nearly 40 percent of our city is Puerto Rican, a very large percentage of our city is West Indian, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said.
While more than 1,600 miles away, Bronin counted thousands of Hartford families like Sanchez’s affected by the fury of Hurricane Maria, other recent natural disasters and the uncertain silence they leave behind.
“We’re here in the mainland praying for you, we're hoping for you and we're looking for you,” Sanchez said.
Temperatures on this first full day of fall will feel a lot more summerlike this weekend.
We're forecasting high temperatures today to climb into the middle 80s inland and low 80s along the shoreline.
Temperatures will approach record breaking numbers by Sunday afternoon. We're forecasting many inland areas to hit 90 degrees. The record for the Hartford area is 89 degrees which was set back in 1959.
The record high for the shoreline is currently 87 degrees which was also set in 1959. Records for the shoreline are offically kept in Bridgeport.
The unseasonably warm temperatures will continue into Monday with high temperatures once again in the middle to upper 80s.
We anticipate more fall like weather to return by next weekend.
A Newington company that helps Puerto Rican businesses with their finances is waiting to hear from both loved ones and business owners as the devastation there remains after Hurricane Maria.
“We are all in deep sadness right now for everything that they're going through,” Sonia Alvelo said.
For the past two years, Alvelo has helped facilitate Puerto Rican business owners the loans they need to operate.
“These type of programs they don't have them in Puerto Rico so we were the first company that brought this type of program there,” Alvelo said.
Her company Latin Financial serves as a brokerage from lenders in the U.S. to businesses in her native island but now after Hurricane Maria, Alvelo has heard silence from her family and only one phone call from a customer.
“The first person that he called besides his family obviously, he was like Sonia I need money for my business we need to be up and running, Alvelo said.
“We've facilitated many loans down there over 200 in last few years,” Brendan Lynch said.
Alvelo’s fiancé Brendan Lynch says the company started working with one pharmacy and took off from there now working with the Association of Pharmacies and Association of Tourism.
“We work with just about every business type so we've funded grocery stores, mechanics, some of the bigger hotel chains a lot of restaurants and pharmacies, Lynch said.
Watching images of the devastation is almost too much for the couple to bare knowing the conditions their loved ones and businesses are dealing with but Alvelo says the Puerto Rican spirit will prevail.
“We are strong people and I know we're going to make it,” Alvelo said.
Sonia and Brendan were also planning on having their wedding in Puerto Rico next August, they’ll have to wait and see if the venue will still a possibility once they are able to communicate with people in the area.
The Navy has awarded Electric Boat a $5.1 billion contract to design the new Columbia class ballistic missile submarines, which means more hiring that will spread the wealth to other local businesses.
The contract includes component and technology development and the construction of prototypes.
The 12-ship Columbia class will replace the Ohio class nuclear ballistic submarines. The first sub, which will be called the USS Columbia, is expected to start its first patrol in fiscal year 2031.
Electric Boat (EB) plans to reach a peak employment of 18,000 by 2030, since the company expects to get a construction contract for the 12 Columbia-class submarines, too.
“That’s probably one of the biggest perks of it. Knowing you’re going to be employed for as long as you need to be employed for,” said Evan Sperry, of Waterford.
He’s one of EB’s newest employees, taking a structural draftsman job after graduating Grasso Technical High School in 2017. He’ll help design parts for the new Columbia class submarines.
“It’s probably the best company in the area to go into design,” Sperry said.
Several businesses throughout the state feel a direct impact when EB is on a hiring surge.
EB Director of Staffing Patrick Reuss said the company has already hired about 1,500 people this year.
“We’re not alone in all of this,” Reuss said. “I think you have to think about our technical schools, our higher education community at the community college and university level.”
There’s a ripple effect, according to Reuss. With this new Navy contract, EB’s Connecticut suppliers are hiring and certain trade schools might see more students.
In fact, EB is partnering with Grasso Technical High School in Groton to launch a welding program. It would take EB’s requirements directly to Grasso Tech so students could learn to specifically become welders for the company.
Electric Boat is even working with chambers of commerce in Connecticut and Rhode Island to help bring people into the area, including connecting them to schools, places of worship, or hobby activities, Reuss said.
As for other businesses, Munchies Food truck sits outside EB’s gates for the lunch rush five times a week. When hiring at EB is low, Munchies suffers, according to owner Aiman Saad.
But this year, “we’ve seen an increase over the last few months,” Saad said.
New employees need to find new houses, said Market Realty, LLC’s Judi Caracausa. Plus, the people retiring need to also find homes too Connecticut’s shoreline.
“Our real estate market has been up considerably in the past year or so. General Dynamics hiring is definitely a huge part of it,” Caracausa said.
Plans for condos and rentals are already in the works near EB’s offices in New London. There’s a development agreement for Shipway 221, a new condo development on Howard Street. On Bank and Howard Streets, there’s a plan by A.R. Building Company to install 90 rental units.
“A positive for pretty much any type of business in southeastern Connecticut,” Caracausa said.
Two police officers and a woman were injured in a shooting stemming from a domestic dispute on Elm Street in New Haven, a city official confirmed to NBC Connecticut.
The shooting occurred on Elm Street between Orchard Street and Sherman Avenue around 10:30 a.m.
New Haven Police Chief Anthony Campbell said that the officers were injured during a response to a domestic incident. Police believe a man shot his wife.
New Haven Police spokesman Officer David Hartman said that the 51-year-old female victim was shot several times at a home at 638 Elm Street then ran to a neighbor’s home for help. The victim was shot in the hand, arm, back and chest and she was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment where she is currently in critical condition.
Police said the victim is a retired Department of Correction officer.
When officers entered the home at 638 Elm Street, shots were fired. The officers, identified as Officer Eric Pessino and Officer Scott Shumway, suffered non-life threatening injuries. Pessino suffered a graze wound on the arm and has been treated and released. Shumway was shot in the arm and is still being treated.
Police believe the suspect remains inside the house and the SWAT team and hostage negotiators have been called in.
The area is shut down and police have ordered the public to avoid the area for safety. Officer Hartman said there is still a significant and real threat of gunfire. Neighboring buildings have been evacuated.
As of 1:45 p.m. negotiators had been unsuccessful in reaching the suspect to communicate by phone and were planning to try a loudspeaker system.
NBC Connecticut has a crew on scene and will provide updates as they come into the newsroom.
((CORRECTION: An initial version of this story misspelled Officer Pessino's name. The article above has been edited with the correct spelling. ))
A firefighter was taken the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after a roof collapsed during a two alarm fire in Hartford Saturday night.
Officials said there was heavy fire through the roof of the vacant building at 2307 Main Street when they arrived.
The fire was put under control and the firefighter who was injured is expected to make a full recovery.
Crews remain on scene and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
The mother of the NFL player who chooses to kneel during the national anthem has spoken out about President Donald Trump's comments, made at a rally in Alabama Friday night, where he said NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the anthem, and fans should consider walking out in protest.
Trump specifically said "Get that son of a b---- off the field right now. Out. He's fired! He's fired!"
Replying to a tweet about a news article about the president's comments, Colin Kaepernick's mother Teresa Kaepernick said: "Guess that makes me a proud b----!"
She was not the only one who spoke out against Trump. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, along with the NFL players' union, said Trump's comments are "divisive."
Many of the NFL players also joined in criticizing Trump.
Minnesota Vikings right back said Kaepernick is "exercising his right as an American citizen to protest."
Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks cornerback, tweeted: "The behavior of the President is unacceptable and needs to be addressed. If you do not Condemn this divisive Rhetoric you are Condoning it!!"
Colin Kaepernick became a national topic last year when said that he will not stand up "to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."
Oakland Athletics' catcher Bruce Maxwell on Saturday took a knee during the playing of the national anthem, marking the first time a Major League Baseball player has performed such an act.
A photo snapped before Oakland's contest against the Texas Rangers captured Maxwell, the son of an Army officer, drop to one knee and hold his hat against his heart while teammate Mark Canha lowered his hand on Maxwell's shoulder.
Maxwell's decision comes on the heels of President Donald Trump suggesting that NFL owners should fire any player who chooses to kneel for the national anthem.
Maxwell took to Twitter earlier Saturday and wrote, "Don't be surprised if you start seeing athletes kneeling in other sports now!! Comments like that coming from our president. WOW!"
"Inequality is being displayed bigger than ever right now as our president shows that freeedom (sic) of protest and speech is not allowed..," Maxwell wrote in another tweet.
The A's issued the following statement minutes before Saturday's first pitch:
"The Oakland A's pride ourselves on being inclusive. We respect and support all of our players' constitutional rights and freedom of expression."
The student group Berkeley Patriot on Saturday informed UC Berkeley that Free Speech Week has been canceled, but event headliner Milo Yiannopoulos doubled down on his plans to come to the campus.
Yiannopoulos said on Facebook Live that he will join Pamela Geller, Mike Cernovich and other speakers be at Sproul Plaza at 12 p.m. Sunday for a March for Free Speech — with the full backing of the Berkeley Police Department.
"We are going to be hosting an event come hell or high water tomorrow," Yiannopoulos said, vowing to proceed without or without UC Berkeley's or the students' cooperation.
He made his comments from a hotel room after cancelling a news conference on San Francisco's Treasure Island.
"It is extremely unfortunate that this announcement was made at the last minute, even as the University was in the process of spending significant sums of money and preparing for substantial disruption of campus life in order to provide the needed security for these events," university spokesman Dan Mogulof said in a statement.
Soon after UC Berkeley's announcement Saturday, British right-wing provocateur Yiannopoulos wrote on Facebook: "I've just been told that student group the Berkeley Patriot, under pressure from the administration, is withdrawing its sponsorship of Free Speech Week. The students may have pulled out of Free Speech Week but I and my speakers have not."
Yiannopoulos said he was disapppinted by the chaotic turn of events, but spurned the idea of backing down.
He told NBC Bay Area: "They’re kids. I'm disappointed, but I understand. We, however, are not going to be deterred."
UC Berkeley issued a statement Saturday evening indicating that it was aware of Yiannopoulos' plans to speak and that the school was "putting measures in place to ensure the safety of the campus community." The university also advised people in attendance on Sunday to avoid violence.
"Our campus will not tolerate acts of violence or the destruction of property, and the UCPD will dutifully investigate, arrest, and prosecute anyone who commits crimes on our campus," a statement from the university read.
Yiannopoulos also said he plans to give Berkeley Patriot $10,000 because UC Berkeley could benefit from a "strong, populous, free-speech loving conservative publication." Yiannopoulos also encouraged people who booked flights to Berkeley and spent money in any form to attend Free Speech Week to send him their receipts so he can reimburse them.
For its part, Berkeley Patriot members told NBC Bay Area that they were refused access to a Treasure Island venue where they had planned a news conference Saturday.
"They literally chained the building," Yiannopoulos revealed on Facebook.
In an email, the group accused the venue of a breach of contract because it had paid for the facility's use.
"We have not been able to secure an alternative venue large enough to accommodate the press on short notice, likely due to the Bay Area's commitment to free speech for everyone except Milo," Berkeley Patriot said.
Earlier this week, Berkeley Patriot enlisted the help of the Law Offices of Melo and Sarsfield LLP to push for a Department of Justice investigation into what they call "de facto viewpoint discrimination" on the part of UC Berkeley.
On Saturday, the group's lawyer Marguerite Melo wrote a letter to the university's Interim Vice Chancellor Stepehn Sutton, which said: "Since announcing their intent to host the event, the student group has been subjected to extraordinary pressure and resistance, if not outright hostility, by the UC Berkeley administration and your employees."
Among other things, she accused university officials of failing to communicate with Berkeley Patriot members, enforcing "arbitrary" and impossible to meet deadlines, and implying that the group "would be morally and legally responsible for any acts of violence committed against them, or members of the public."
Mogulof quashed the assertions, saying that "claims that this is somehow the outcome desired" by UC Berkeley are "without basis in fact." Also, accusations that university officials wanted to put the "speakers in harm's way are unfortunate," he wrote.
"The University was prepared to do whatever was necessary to support the First Amendment rights of the student organization," Mogulof stressed. "We're very concerned about verbal and physical assaults and we have gone to extensive efforts to provide them with protection and security."
Mogulof said that Berkeley Patriot had missed a number of deadlines to sign contracts and confirm venues with UC Berkeley. He also highlighted the confusion that had loomed over Free Speech Week's roster — all the way through Friday — with a number of speakers dropping out, while others said they had never planned to attend.
In fact, UC Berkeley had been planning to pour over $1 million into stepping up security for Free Speech Week, which was scheduled to go from Sept. 24 to Sept. 27, according to Mogulof.
"We want to state unequivocally that campus leaderships has complete faith in the UCPD, as well as the extraordinary number of allied law enforcement agencies who agreed to contribute additional officers for these events. We are confident that UCPD would have had the necessary resources in place to provide security for the events," he wrote.
UC Berkeley had also partnered with the Berkeley Police Department and would continue to do so, given the "uncertainty of what's happening tomorrow," Mogulof said.
Earlier this month, UC Berkeley spent $600,000 on ramping up security during a speech by political commentator Ben Shapiro. University officials, police and the community were wary of violence erupting during the former Breitbart News editor's visit.
NBC Bay Area's Christie Smith contributed to this report.
Amid a flurry of missile tests and inflammatory rhetoric, the world’s attention is focused on North Korea's nuclear program.
But one expert believes the country's stockpile of chemical weapons could also bring catastrophic consequences, NBC News reported.
The Center for Nonproliferation Studies estimates North Korea has between 2,500 and 5,000 metric tons of chemical weapons, including a large supply of VX, the deadliest nerve agent ever created.
The chemical stockpile could harm thousands of people if it were attached to a missile or if it ended up in the hands of Islamist extremists, according to Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, former commanding officer of the U.K. Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Regiment (CBRN) and NATO’s Rapid Reaction CBRN Battalion.